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Der Spiegel allege that, under Soriano's leadership, City came up with a scheme that "allowed for numerous operational costs to be shifted either fully or partially away from the club".

As the head of Spain's La Liga claimed Uefa may be reluctant to take action against City and Paris St-Germain for allegedly flouting Financial Fair Play rules because of a "conflict of interest", City were facing another wave of damaging allegations on Wednesday.

City have subsequently been accused in more leaked documents of an array of attempts to inflate and backdate sponsorship deals to "deceive" UEFA.

And it says that in 2014 the clubs negotiated with Fifa president Gianni Infantino, who was then general secretary of European football's governing body Uefa, to agree reduced punishments.

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The "Football Leaks" documents, which include emails, contracts and presentations, were obtained by German publication Der Spiegel and reviewed by Reuters in partnership with worldwide media consortium European Investigative Collaborations.

City were fined 60 million euros by UEFA in 2014 for breaching those rules, but the two parties reached an agreement under which the club would get 40 million euros back if they stuck to the terms of their settlement. "Both PSG and Manchester City are cheating and should be sanctioned", said Evers.

Der Spiegel claims one of City's solutions to circumvent the rules was to launch Project Longbow.

City released a statement following the initial allegations that were made on Friday.

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In a further email explaining the project's name, City's chief legal adviser Simon Cliff noted the longbow was the "weapon the English used to beat the French at Crecy and Agincourt". Of course I trust the club.

In 2013, they came up with the idea of was hiving off payments of marketing and image rights to players through an "independent" third party called Fordham Sports Management, funded by City's parent company, Abu Dhabi United Group.

In an internal memo seen by the magazine, Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano said: "We will need to fight [FFP] and do it in a way that is not visible, or we will be pointed out as the global enemies of football". UEFA's rules are intended, among other things, to prevent exactly that. When auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers later reviewed the Fordham deal on behalf of UEFA, it was concluded that it was a "very good deal for MCFC", not least because the auditors couldn't figure out how Fordham expected to make any money on the deal for themselves.

"The Football Leaks documents appear to confirm what we have been saying for years".

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Since 2008, City have won three Premier Leagues, an FA Cup and three League Cups, and have spent more than £1.4bn on players.

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